If You Suffer From Ragweed Allergies, Don't Sneeze At Natural Remedies
Ragweed allergies also referred to as hay fever or fall allergies primarily occur during the late summer and early fall months, when the weather is not so hot but just comfortable for you enjoy the outdoors, but unfortunately for sufferers, they cannot do so. Ragweed pollen is the prime cause of late summer seasonal allergies.
What Causes Ragweed Allergies?
Ragweed is a tall branched flowering plant that grows in many states of North America. Commonly found by roadsides and dry fields, each plant produces millions of pollen particles during the late summer months.
The pollen become airborne as it travels to other plants for pollination.
During the course of this pollen in the air, some people whose immune systems are very sensitive to ordinary harmless substances in food, the air and other objects inhale the ragweed pollen and react by producing inflammatory bio-chemicals such as histamines that trigger the symptoms of sneezing, nasal congestion and itchy watery red eyes that is typical of hay fever or ragweed allergies.
What Are The Symptoms Of Ragweed Allergies?
You have all the symptoms of a cold – stuffed and runny nose, watery itchy eyes, sneezing and sinus pressure. This started in late summer and it's now October but you have no relief. Chances are you have ragweed allergy. Other common symptoms are:
* Nasal Congestion
* Eye irritation
* Runny nose
* Stuffy nose
* Puffy or swollen eyes
* Itchy nose and throat
If you are still sniffling and scratching your eyes out throughout late summer, you might want to consider ragweed allergies test. A skin sensitivity test can be performed whereby the skin is scratched with ragweed pollen extract to see if the site will swell up or begin to itch. Your doctor can also perform a blood test to determine if ragweed antibodies are present in your blood.
Stop Stubborn Fall Allergies In A Flash
A prescription of antihistamines or steroids can provide relief for your ragweed allergy symptoms, but it must be noted that these products can cause harm to your health.
Antihistamines can cause drowsiness and fatigue. Not only that, they can also cause heart arrhythmias or cardiovascular problems if you take them with the antibiotic erythromycin or with antifungal drugs such as Nizoral or Diflucan.
Taking oral steroids can also raise your high blood pressure and cause diabetes, ulcers and cataracts. Constant use of inhaled steroid has also been linked with perforation of the nasal wall.
I am sure by now you are saying – “so what now? How can I get relief from this irritating condition?” Well take heart because there are much safer ways that have been proven to provide adequate relief. Browse through the following remedies and apply those you feel comfortable with.
Try A Natural Antihistamine: Pantothenic acid and vitamin C are natural antihistamines. Taking 1,000 mg. a day of pantothenic acid is proven to reduce red, swollen tissues.
It is also helpful to get 2,000 mg. of vitamin C a day, the dose shown to dampen histamine production by 40% in seven days. For best results, start supplements two to four weeks before your symptoms normally hit, then keep taking them right through the allergy season.
Butterbur: A study of participants who took butterbur and Allegra proved that they were equally effective in relieving symptoms of allergies, but with butterbur, there was no drowsiness in participants who took it. The dosage that brought relief was 50 mg. twice daily.
Superfood Spirulina: Spirulina is very rich in nutrients and antioxidants. When participants in a study took spirulina supplements for three months, the participants had lower levels of an immune factor called cytokine which plays a major role in allergic reactions. The type of spirulina supplement used in the research was Earthrise spirulina
MSM Miracle Power: Ragweed allergy sufferers were asked to participate in a study conducted by researchers at the Center of Integrative Medicine in Washington. They were given a daily dose 2,600mg. of the inflammatory reducing supplement known as MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). After four weeks on MSM, participants reported reduced respiratory symptoms, increased energy levels and less fatigue.
Soy Sauce Prevents Hay Fever: A Japanese research found that people who ate more soy products such as soybeans, tofu, and soy sauce had the lowest risk of allergic reactions of stuffy nose, or irritation and inflammation of the nose. A further study of a nutritional supplement made from soy sauce carbohydrates also provided less sneezing in allergy sufferers.
Fish Oil Prevents Ragweed Allergies: Allergy symptoms is an inflammatory reaction of the immune system. The fatty acids in fish are anti-inflammatory and therefore quell the fire of inflammation. Researchers found that people with high intake of omega-3 fatty acids had lower risk of nasal congestion. Recommended dose is 1,000 mg. of omega-3 supplement or consumption of fatty fish such as mackerel, herring, salmon and tuna at least two times a week.
The Ayuverdic Solution: A mixture of herbal extracts of Indian gooseberry, Harda, Bedda Nut tree, Indian walnut, ginger root and Indian long pepper reduces sneezing, watery eyes, stuffy nose and runny nose. These herbal extracts from ayurvedic natural healing have been developed and tested by scientist from India for over ten years.
Participants in a research were asked to take the formula for twelve weeks. Nine out of ten people who took the formula reported a reduction of hay fever symptoms. The level of relief ranged from 40% to complete relief in about a third of the participants. The formula also proved to have no side effect and can be taken before the allergy season starts. The name of the formula is Aller-7 which can be found from various manufacturers.
Saline Nasal Rinse: Rinsing the nose twice a day with a saline solution improves symptoms of seasonal allergies and clears congestion-causing allergens. Studies condcuted at Massachusetts'Laley Clinic showed that 84% of patients who practiced daily nasal washing dramatically reduced their hay fever symptoms within days.
Add one or two teaspoons of salt to 16 ounces of tap water. Irrigate each nose with half of the solution. You can irrigate either once or up to four times a day. Experiment to find your comfort and benefit levels.
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